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MFG Chemical Shares Insight on Specialty Chemical Industry During SOCMA Fly-In

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Shares Insight on Specialty Chemical Industry During SOCMA Fly-In

 

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, LLC, President and CEO Keith Arnold recently shared key insight about the importance of specialty chemicals and how the company positively impacts the community and economy during the Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-In, June 5-6, in Washington, DC.

 

The Fly-In is an annual event of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association that represents MFG Chemical and other specialty and fine chemical manufacturers. Arnold serves on the association’s Board of Governors.

 

Among nine meetings on Capitol Hill, Arnold talked with legislative representatives from Georgia and Texas, including a visit with Representative Rick Allen (R-GA), where he shared the positive impact that business-friendly legislation and free trade has on MFG Chemical’s business. He also weighed in on many other key issues impacting the industry and encouraged continued dialogue with Congress to find legislative resolutions moving forward.

 

“We would like to recognize and thank SOCMA for focusing on and encouraging long-term reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) as part of our message to lawmakers,” said Arnold. “The association also recently testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment to stress the importance of regulatory certainty to specialty chemical companies.”

 

“SOCMA also has encouraged passage of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which temporarily reduces or suspends duties on raw materials we cannot purchase domestically,” Arnold said. “With the elimination of these duties on imported chemical products, we would have more resources to not only develop, register, and sell products but also create new jobs for our community.”

 

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MFG Chemical President and CEO Keith Arnold recently met Representative Rick Allen (R-GA) during SOCMA’s Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-In. From left are Gene Williams, President, Optima Chemical Group, LLC; Allen; Arnold; and Clinton Beeland, President and CEO, CJB Industries, Inc.

MFG Chemical Making Safety a Core Value

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Making Safety a Core Value

 

Dalton, GA – When it comes to safety, MFG Chemical, LLC, has made a strategic and deliberate shift in the way it addresses the issue, taking safety beyond compliance and making it a core value.

 

According to MFG President and CEO Keith Arnold, “We have made safety the number one priority at MFG Chemical. Over the last half dozen years, we have made a purposeful transformation in the way we identify and address safety issues, and this change is evident when looking at trends in our safety-based key performance index metrics.”

 

Among the initiatives MFG has taken to improve safety are:

  • Expansion of the company’s environmental, health, safety and security team with four new employees.
  • Investment in additional distributive control systems and new reactor cooling systems.
  • Retainment of Hargrove and Associates, Inc., to assist its internal team in implementing a broad range of engineering and process safety improvements.
  • Improvement in all aspects of safety compliance through participation in a nationally recognized EHS&S management system. MFG is also a recent recipient of two Silver Performance Improvement Awards from the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA).

As part of this proactive approach, MFG has worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve process safety issues that were raised by the Agency in 2012 following an incident at the Callahan Road facility. This work culminated in a recent consent decree between MFG Chemical and the EPA.

 

“MFG continues to work cooperatively with the EPA to improve safety procedures and minimize the potential for future incidents,” Arnold said. “The safety of our employees, community, customers and the environment are always top of mind, and we strive every day to ensure that all of our facilities are in full compliance with regulatory and safety requirements.”
MFG Chemical’s involvement in SOCMA has been instrumental in its transformation regarding safety and compliance. SOCMA requires all members to be certified through its environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program – ChemStewards®.

MFG Chemical Acquires Gulf Bayport Chemicals LP

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Acquires Gulf Bayport Chemicals LP

Dalton, GA March [15], 2018 – MFG Chemical, a specialty chemical manufacturer of polymers, surfactants and esters, announced today that it has acquired Gulf Bayport Chemicals LP (“GBC” or the “Company”). Headquartered in Houston, TX, with plant operations in Pasadena, TX, GBC is a manufacturer of maleic anhydride derivatives and provides a variety of contract manufacturing, warehouse and transportation services for a range of industrial end markets.

“The acquisition of GBC expands MFG’s geographic footprint into the Gulf Coast, demonstrating commitment to our customers in the region” said Keith Arnold, CEO of MFG Chemical. “We are excited for this acquisition and the growth opportunities it will provide to MFG in the future.”

The addition of GBC brings a world-class chemical facility in an ideal location in the Houston ship channel area.  The site benefits from direct rail access and an extensive utility infrastructure, providing MFG the opportunity to significantly expand its manufacturing capacity.

“GBC has developed a great reputation as a producer of maleic anhydride-based chemicals for customers in various end markets,” said CEO of GBC, John Nowlan. “We believe that our capabilities and customer and supplier relationships will complement MFG’s strong position in the specialty chemicals market.”

 

About Gulf Bayport Chemicals LP

Headquartered in Houston, TX, with plant operations in Pasadena, TX, Gulf Bayport Chemicals LP is a specialty chemical manufacturer of maleic anhydride derivatives for the epoxy curing, food starch additives, consumer goods, paper, and oilfield industries.  In addition, GBC provides a variety of contract manufacturing, warehouse and transportation services for third parties.

About MFG Chemical

Founded in 1981 and based in Dalton, GA, MFG is a specialty chemical manufacturer of polymers, surfactants and esters used in various applications in the oil field, water treatment, mining, coatings, agricultural and other industrial markets. In June 2017, MFG was acquired by Platte River Equity, a Denver-based private equity firm focused on investments in lower middle market companies across various industrial sectors.

About Platte River Equity

Based in Denver, Colorado, Platte River Equity is a private equity firm focused on equity investments from $20 million to $100 million in lower middle market operating companies with enterprise values generally between $40 million and $250 million. The firm invests in sectors where it has deep operating and investing experience, including aerospace & transportation; energy & power; agriculture & chemicals; and metals & minerals.  Platte River has raised funds with committed capital in excess of $1.3 billion.

 

Contact: Daniel Sanchez
MFG Chemical, LLC
Phone (706) 226-4114
Fax (706) 275-6044
dsanchez@mfgchemical.com

MFG Chemical Awarded 2 Silver Awards in Performance Improvement from SOCMA

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Awarded 2 Silver Awards in Performance Improvement from SOCMA

 

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, LLC. is pleased to announce it has been recognized for exemplary efforts in improving its environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S), as well as, employee training and engagement at its Dalton facilities by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading trade association representing specialty chemical manufacturers.

 

MFG participates in SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program, which encourages companies to operate their facilities in an environment that guarantees safety and environmental compliance to all stakeholders.

 

On December 5th at the 95th Annual SOCMA Dinner in New York City MFG accepted two Silver Performance Improvement Awards. Keith Arnold, President of MFG Chemical, and Board member Paul Turgeon accepted the award on behalf of the company.

 

MFG Chemical, Inc. is recognized for its successful efforts to improve its Product Stewardship and Employee Training.

 

“Receiving such prestigious awards is testament towards the hard work our employees put in and will continue to do so every day. This award reflects our commitment to constant improvement for our products, our workers and our neighbors in the community,” said Keith Arnold.

 

“Congratulations to MFG Chemical and its employees on this outstanding achievement,” said SOCMA President and CEO Jennifer Abril. “As specialty chemical manufacturers, it is incumbent upon companies to be good environmental stewards and create a culture at their facilities that will ensure the safety and security of their employees and community in which they live. MFG Chemical has gone above and beyond to demonstrate its commitment to improving EHS&S efforts through participation in the ChemStewards® Performance Improvement Program. Congratulations on a job well done.”
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About SOCMA

Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world. To learn more, visit www.socma.com.

 

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program created from industry’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint and to meet the unique needs of the specialty chemical industry. To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.

 

MFG Chemical is a custom and toll manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries including pulp & paper, paints & coatings, mining, oil field, agriculture, lube additives, and personal care. The company operates three manufacturing facilities in Northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.mfgchemical.com.

Contact: Daniel Sanchez

MFG Chemical, LLC.

Phone (706) 226-4114

Fax (706) 275-6044

dsanchez@mfgchemical.com

1804 Kimberly Park Dr.

Dalton, GA  30720

Keith Arnold Joins SOCMA’s Board of Governors

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Keith Arnold Joins SOCMA’s Board of Governors

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical LLC. announced today that Keith Arnold has joined the Board of Governors of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading U.S.-based trade association representing the specialty chemical industry. SOCMA supports chemical manufacturers with commercial and networking opportunities, advocates for the passage of rational laws and regulation, and works to increase public confidence in the industry.

 

Keith Arnold was elected to the board during SOCMA’s 96th Annual Business Meeting on December 4, 2017, in New York.

 

“With all of the exciting changes currently under way at SOCMA, I am pleased to join our Board of Governors as we work together to reinvigorate and transform our association,” said Keith Arnold. “As a long standing SOCMA member, I look forward to assisting the board in ensuring that the mission, policies and strategic direction of the association are aligned with membership needs.”

 

“Keith Arnold brings a wealth of expertise to the table, and with his insight and experience, I am confident that together we can successfully lead this organization forward and better align it to meet the needs of our members and the specialty chemical industry,” said David Doles, Chairman of the Board and Vice President and Head of the Business Unit for Materials Performance and Protection at Lonza.

 

SOCMA’s Board of Governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility and helps deliver member value. Through regular meetings, the board ensures effective organizational planning and sees that association resources are managed responsibly.

 

 

About SOCMA

Since 1921 SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of chemical companies located around the world bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the specialty chemical industry, making us the leading authority on this sector. www.socma.com

 

About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical is a contract and toll manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries including pulp & paper, paints and coatings, mining, oil field, agriculture, lube additives, and personal care.  The company operates three manufacturing locations in Northwest Georgia.  www.mfgchemical.com

 

Media Contact:

Daniel Sanchez

MFG Chemical, LLC

Ph: +1 706 226 4114

dsanchez@mfgchemical.com

MFG Chemical Pleased to announce Paul Turgeon to Board

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Pleased to announce Paul Turgeon to Board

 

 

Dalton, Ga. — 11/03/2017MFG Chemical has announced the addition of Paul Turgeon to the Board at MFG Chemical, LLC. The move strengthens the company’s vision and leadership team.

 

Paul Turgeon is a specialty chemical industry professional with an exceptional record of operating and growth performance.  He holds a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Emory University.

 

“Paul’s extensive knowledge and experience in the chemical industry will be invaluable to the future of MFG Chemical,” said Keith Arnold, CEO & President.  “The addition of Mr. Turgeon is a testament to MFG’s continued growth and vision of becoming the leading supplier of cutting edge corporations.”

 

Founded in 1981, MFG Chemical is a leader in custom and toll manufacturing. The company offers a wide range of products and services for water treatment, pulp and paper, paint and coatings, oil field, and many other industries.

 

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MFG Chemical, LLC receives Tier 3, or Excellence Tier ChemStewards® award

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical, LLC receives Tier 3, or Excellence Tier ChemStewards® award

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, LLC was recently honored at the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium hosted by ChemStewards® in Houston TX.  Representing MFG and receiving these awards as representatives were Darrin Williams and Brent DeBoard.

 

“MFG is honored to be presented with this award as it shows a dedication towards safety.  This award represents all of the hard work our team has put into, and will continue to put in, towards creating a safe work environment.” said Keith Arnold, CEO & President.  After the Symposium Brent DeBoard had this to say, “the key takeaway for me was that in order to achieve operational excellence you must begin with safety being a virtue.”

 

The SOCMA Tier 3 Excellence award represents a focus on a robust EHS&S Management System that has been successfully verified by a 3rd party. This proves that our facility meets excellence criteria by applying and sharing best practices. MFG is proud to be among the 10% of ChemStewards® member companies that went above and beyond to achieve Excellence Tier.

 

MFG Chemical would like to thank the ChemStewards® team for presenting us with this award. We look forward to continuing our efforts of a workplace where safety is a virtue.

 

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About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical is a contract and toll manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries including pulp & paper, paints and coatings, mining, oil field, agriculture, lube additives, and personal care.  The company operates three manufacturing locations in Northwest Georgia.

 

About SOCMA

Since 1921, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has represented a diverse membership of chemical companies located around the world, bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. www.socma.com

Bottom Row:  Darrin Williams (far left), Brent Deboard (second from right)

MFG Chemical, LLC Hosts Site Visit with Congressman Tom Graves (GA-14)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical, LLC Hosts Site Visit with Congressman Tom Graves (GA-14)

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, LLC recently had the pleasure to host a visit from Congressman Tom Graves, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District at the Kimberly Park Corporate Office on Tuesday, August 8th to meet with the leadership team, share updates from Washington, discuss issues important to the specialty chemical industry and tour the facility.

 

“MFG is proud to have Congressman Tom Graves representing the 14th district.  With an ever changing business environment, Congressman Graves has shown time and time again that he can support the needs of the chemical business”, said Keith Arnold, CEO & President.

 

During the visit members of the MFG Management staff talked with Congressman Graves about the State of the Company, how far the MFG has come since the Congressman’s last visit, and the recent recapitalization of MFG Chemical by private equity group Platte River from Denver, Colorado.

 

“We commend MFG Chemical for hosting the site tour with Congressman Graves,” said Robert F. Helminiak, Managing Director of Government Relations for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates. “Congressional site visits are an excellent way for our member companies to build relationships with elected officials and demonstrate their contribution to the local economy and community. By touring these facilities, members of Congress can see firsthand how plant processes relate and affect legislative issues.”

 

MFG Chemical would like to thank Congressman Tom Graves for taking time to visit with members of our staff and leadership team, and we look forward to working with the Congressman on areas of mutual interest moving forward.

 

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About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical is a contract and toll manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries including pulp & paper, paints and coatings, mining, oil field, agriculture, lube additives, and personal care.  The company operates three manufacturing locations in Northwest Georgia.

 

About SOCMA

Since 1921, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has represented a diverse membership of chemical companies located around the world, bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. www.socma.com

 

MFG Chemical, LLC Surpasses ChemStewards® Requirements – MFG Chemical, LLC Qualifies for SOCMA’s “Excellence” Ranking

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical, LLC Surpasses ChemStewards® Requirements – MFG Chemical, LLC Qualifies for SOCMA’s “Excellence” Ranking

Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical announced today that as a result of exceeding key performance requirements for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ (SOCMA) ChemStewards® program, it has qualified for the program’s highest ranking – the Excellence Tier.

 

MFG Chemical is being recognized for its successful efforts to go above and beyond the minimum for federal environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) compliance, build customer confidence and community trust, and strengthen product stewardship.

 

We are extremely proud of the hard work our employees have done on our EHS&S program.  This recognition reflects our commitment to the ChemStewards ® program that we adopted more than 10 years ago.  Furthermore, a special recognition goes to Robert Mauney, MFG’s Quality Systems Manager, for his leadership in getting MFG recognized for this achievement,”  said Keith Arnold, CEO & President.

 

“We congratulate MFG Chemical for this achievement, which represents their commitment to continuous improvement in EHS&S performance,” said Dr. J. Holland Jordan, Managing Director, ChemStewards. “By operating above expectations, MFG Chemical is building customer confidence, community trust and strengthening product stewardship throughout the supply chain.”

 

ChemStewards® is an industry-developed EHS&S program designed for the specialty chemicals industry. It was created from industry’s commitment to continuous improvement and to reduce the environmental footprint left by member facilities. The program is based on a three-tier system with key performance requirements per tier. Tier one is known as Fundamental and tier two is Enhanced Performance – the standard tier for ChemStewards® participants. To qualify for Excellence, or tier three, facilities must sign core principles, complete security requirements, have one documented management review meeting, complete a third-party verification of management systems at the Enhanced Performance level, and submit a voluntary tier three application.

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About SOCMA

Since 1921, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has represented a diverse membership of chemical companies located around the world, bringing world-class support uniquely tailored to enhance the operational excellence of our member companies. www.socma.com

 

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program that was created to meet the unique needs of the specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. www.chemstewards.com

 

About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical is a contract and toll manufacturer of specialty chemicals for a variety of industries including pulp & paper, paints and coatings, mining, oil field, agriculture, lube additives, and personal care.  The company operates three manufacturing locations in Northwest Georgia.

 

Media Contact:

Daniel Sanchez

MFG Chemical, LLC

Ph: +1 706 226 4114

dsanchez@mfgchemical.com

PRESS RELEASE – Platte River Equity Acquires MFG Chemical

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on PRESS RELEASE – Platte River Equity Acquires MFG Chemical

 

Dalton, GA, June 26, 2017 – MFG Chemical is pleased to announce that Platte River Equity, a Denver-based private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in the Company. Owner and founder, Charles E. Gavin, III, will maintain a minority equity interest in MFG alongside Platte River and management. Headquartered in Dalton, GA, MFG is a specialty chemical manufacturer of polymers, surfactants and esters used in various applications in the oil field, water treatment, mining, coatings and agricultural markets.

“For almost 40 years, MFG has leveraged its differentiated position in maleic anhydride and glacial acrylic acid to develop and manufacture new products in partnership with our customers to better serve their needs,” said Founder and Chairman of MFG, Charles E. Gavin, III.

“We remain committed to our strategy of providing exceptional value and service to our customers, investing in our people and prudently growing our business. We believe that Platte River is the right partner to help us accelerate the Company’s growth in current and adjacent chemistries as well as new markets.” added Keith Arnold, CEO of MFG.

“We were attracted to MFG because of its strong reputation as a value-added, niche supplier to small and global chemical companies. We welcome MFG to the Platte River portfolio and look forward to partnering with Keith Arnold and his leadership team to take full advantage of the available growth opportunities,” said Kris Whalen, Managing Director of Platte River.

 

About MFG Chemical

Founded in 1981 and based in Dalton, GA, MFG is a specialty chemical manufacturer of polymers, surfactants and esters used in various applications in the oil field, water treatment, mining, coatings, agricultural and other industrial markets. Grace Matthews advised MFG on the transaction. 

About Platte River Equity

Based in Denver, Colorado, Platte River Equity is a private equity firm focused on equity investments from $20 million to $80 million in lower middle market operating companies.  The firm invests in sectors where it has deep operating and investing experience, including aerospace & transportation; energy & power; agriculture & chemicals; and metals & minerals.

 

Media Contact

Daniel Sanchez

MFG Chemical, LLC

Ph: +1 706 226 4114

dsanchez@mfgchemical.com